Naomi Osaka claimed her first Grand Slam title on Saturday, 8th of September, after defeating Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4, in the final of the U.S. Open. Osaka is the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in the world.
Williams was looking forward to winning her 24th Grand Slam title, which would have tied her with Australia’s Margaret Court for the all-time record. But she lost after receiving multiple penalties from Chair Umpire, Carlos Ramo including a point penalty for breaking her racket, and then a game penalty for arguing with Ramos and calling him a “thief.”Read story here.
The 20 year old delivered a 114 mph serve to seal the title and Williams congratulated Osaka on the win.
During the trophy ceremony, Williams addressed the crowd after it booed Osaka,
“I don’t want to be rude, I don’t want to do questions. [Naomi] played well. This is her first grand slam,” Williams said. “I know you guys were here rooting and I was rooting too, but let’s make this the best moment we can and we’ll get through it. Let’s give everyone the credit where credit’s due. And let’s not boo anymore. We’re gonna get through this and let’s be positive. Congratulations, Naomi! No more booing.”
Osaka then also responded to the booing from the audience.
“I know that everyone was cheering for [Serena] and I’m sorry it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match.”
Watch Video of the Trophy Ceremony below:
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